Cooking in COVID!

With many of us staying close to home these days I think we’ve all felt a little more creative and have found ourselves experimenting with new recipes, household projects, or in my case, a lot more online shopping! Follow the wonderful Betsy along in her kitchen as she tests one of our delicious recipes from Dining with the Dames! Stop in the Fig Tree Gift Shop and pick up a copy of the cookbook or order online through our virtual shop. And, to help keep those online shopping expenses down, use coupon code DINING at checkout to receive a 20% off discount! Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 8 tablespoons of butter, softened 1 cup of sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1 ½ cups of all-purpose sugar 1 teaspoon of baking soda ½ teaspoon of salt 1 cup of mashed bananas ½ cup of sour cream 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract ½ cup of chopped pecans 1 (6-ounce) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips Author: Stefanie Kite Video: Betsy Towers

Flower Pressing at the Ximenez-Fatio House Garden

There are so many wonderful reasons why our on-site staff love working at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, but one near the very top of the list is being surrounded every day by our beautiful gardens. We have lush tropical plants such as many varieties of vibrant hibiscus, banana, pomelo and, our famous Seville oranges. In addition to our tropical plants we grow mint, rosemary, basil lemongrass and cuban oregano. And, to take our green thumbs a step further, we have propagated milkweed throughout the property to entice the local butterfly population to make their homes here. With all these beautiful flowers, we wanted to do something special and old-timey, so we experimented with flower pressing! Two of our Historical Interpreters, Ryan and Julia had some fun and put together the above video about the process and the very cool end result! Author: Stefanie Kite Video: Julia Delbecchi and Ryan Brennan